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Chris Engman & Mark Newport Local photographer Engman discusses his work in which he introduces artificial elements into natural landscapes; the Arizona-based Newport discusses his wry print and photographic images. Noon. Sat. Sept. 9. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. Free.
Fremont First Friday Over 16 local galleries and shops participate in this monthly art walk. Guide maps are available at various locations. 6-9 p.m. Fri. Sept. 8. www.fremontseattle.com. Free.
rivet art auction Affordable work (valued at $75-$400) by 30 local artists will be on the auction block to benefit Rivet Magazine. 7-9 p.m. Tues. Sept. 12. Crawl Space Gallery, 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-322-5752, www.crawlspacegallery.com.
"Without End" A daylong multidisciplinary observation of Sept. 11 will protest civilian deaths and honor Gandhi's legacy of nonviolence by featuring visual art, music, performance, spoken word, and meditation. 11:30 a.m. Mon. Sept. 11. Westlake Plaza. 206-633-1086. Free.
ArtXchange "Textures of Contemporary Vietnam" features handsomely rendered lacquer work by Khanh Bui & Phong. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 512 First Ave. S., 206-839-0377, www.artxchange.org. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 31.
Catherine Person Gallery The haunting figures of Juan Carlos Castellanos inhabit "Between," his latest paintings on paper. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-763-5565, www.catherinepersongallery.com, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
D'Adamo/Woltz Acrylic collages by Gregory Deane. Reception: 6-8 p.m.307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, www.dadamowoltzgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 3.
Davidson Contemporary Xiaoze Xie continues his realistic oil studies of newspaper stacks found in library archives, while Ying-Yueh Chuang sculpts detailed ceramic creatures in "Yuan." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Davidson Galleries Imaginative lithographs from the 1970s by Mexican print artist Francisco Toledo. Also: new etchings by American print artist Peter Milton combine real buildings into imaginary spaces in "Continuum." Also: the Antique Prints Dept. features etchings by Ralph M. Pearson (1883-1958). Reception: 6-8 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-1324, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end Sept. 30.
Foster/White Minimalist still-life floral paintings by James Waterman in "Awaken," and childhood memory-infused oil paintings by Ontario artist Darlene Cole in "Some Sweet Day." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 220 Third Ave. S., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end Sept. 30.
G. Gibson Gallery "Katrina-land: Photographs of the Hurricane's Devastation." The opening will also include a book signing with photojournalist Chris Jordan and his latest collection of striking and sometimes devastatingly beautiful images, "In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster." See Review Reception: 6-8 p.m. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.gibsongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Gallery 110 "Places Overlooked/Autochthonous Paintings" by Seattle videographer Thomas Ager, and landscape artist and ceramicist David Traylor's "Veiled Targets/Buoys/Filled Vessels." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, www.gallery110.com. Ends Sept. 30.
Gallery4Culture Coffee, juice, ink, and watercolor paintings by Tim Cross blend history and fantasy in "Archipelago." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 101 Prefontaine Place S., 206-296-7580, www.4culture.org. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Sept. 29.
Garde Rail Playful sculptures by young Indiana artist Kevin Titzer and paintings by Toronto's Casey McGlynn. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Tashiro-Kaplan Building, 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055, www.garde-rail.com, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Globe Gallery National Geographic photographer William Thompson's images reflect 30 years of world travel. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 105 S. Main St., #100, 206-612-7655. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Oct. 3.
Greg Kucera Chris Engman's photographs insert manmade items like scaffolding or a photo of tree into natural settings. Also: mild-mannered superhero Mark Newport knits a force field around his kids in one of his comic book prints, and knits actual superhero suits as well. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both shows end Sept. 30.
Grover/Thurston Gallery The whimsical floating figures of self-taught painter Joe Max Emminger's acrylic on paper scenes evoke Picasso, Chagall, or a more free-spirited Max Beckmann. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, www.groverthurston.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
La Familia BYO found object and be an artist at the gallery's unconventional exhibit. Or be an art critic and jot down your interpretation of other people's objets. At least, I think that's what their press release said. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 117 Prefontaine Place S., 206-291-4608. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Thurs., and Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Linda Hodges In "Trees: An Interpretation," 14 West Coast artists offer their takes on trees. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Lisa Harris Subtle abstract oil paintings by Gage Academy instructor and artist Mitchell Albala in "Cloudscapes and Nocturnes." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 1922 Pike Place, 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 30.
James Harris Anthropomorphic tree sculptures and new works on paper by Patrick Holderfield reinterpret the environment in "Pilgrim." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Jeffrey Moose Local artists Barbara Benedetti Newton and Randena Walsh capture flora in pastel on paper. Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, 206-467-6951, www.jeffreymoosegallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon- 5 p.m. Sat. Ends Oct. 21.
Northwest Craft Center Gallery Work by Pottery Northwest alumni and residents is featured in "40 Years of Clay." Reception: 6 p.m. 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), 206-728-1555. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Through Sept.
Platform Gallery In "Blindsight," local painter Jaq Chartier furthers her abstract experimentations with process and materials. Reception: 5:30-8 p.m. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, www.platformgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Oct. 7.
Punch Gallery In "Flux and Form" photographer Michael Sherwin explores natural phenomena in video, photo installations, and handmade books. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 119 Prefontaine Place S., 206-621-1945, www.punchgallery.org. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Oct. 1.
shift Gallery "Menu" features collaborative work by Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 306 S. Washington St., Suite 105, 206-547-1215, www.shiftstudio.org. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Soil Jana Brevick combines her "ability to commandeer unsuspecting objects" with a fascination with old-school espionage in "Tinker, Tailor, Jeweler, Spy." Also: Sculptor Sara Osebold references winter in "Four Stages of Snow." Reception: 6-9 p.m. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. "Spy" ends Oct. 1. "Snow" ends Sept. 30.
Stonington Gallery Pacific Northwest Coast art is celebrated in red cedar, silver, abalone, and a rich variety of other materials by various artists in "Northern Brilliance." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040, www.stoningtongallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 30.
William Traver Nancy Callan's playful glass objects in "Woolgathering"; silver leaf mingles with resin in "Translucent Truths," paintings by Shea Bajaj. Also: kiln-cast glass by New Zealander Layla Walter in "Camellia." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 Union St. #200, 206-587-6501, www.travergallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Zeitgeist Pauline Smith's B&W Holga photos capture dreamy European landscapes. Reception: 6-8 p.m.. 171 S. Jackson St. 206-583-0497, zeitgeistcoffee.com. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Oct. 4.
Art/Not Terminal "Tetrascope" is a group show featuring Catherine Houston, Shirley Travis, Keith Johnson, and William Fahey. Reception: 7-10 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-6 p.m. Sat., 1:30-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 5.
Ballard Fetherston Mercer Island painter Melinda Hannigan turns her attention to Ireland in her latest drawings. Opens Fri. Sept. 8. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, www.ballardfetherstongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 7.
Bluebottle "Count the Birdies" features cartoon-like acrylic-on-wood paintings from an upcoming children's counting book by Matthew Porter. Opens Wed. Sept. 6. Reception: Sat. Sept. 9. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Sept. 28.
Fountainhead Vaguely surreal oils and acrylics by Washington painter Anne John in "Beyond Boundaries," while Sheila Evans' acute pastel studies explore the abstract undersides of leaves in "Rhythm and Silence." Reception: 5-7 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, www.fountainheadgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Oct. 1.
Francine Seders Gallery "Three Installations" presents work by Kathryn Glowen ("A Round the House"), Mar Goman ("ARTiFACTS"), and Yvonne Puffer ("The Home Place"). Opens Fri. Sept. 8. Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sun. Sept. 10. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tues., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 1.
Howard House Large-scale sculpture by New Yorker Will Ryman in "Private Moments." Opens Thurs. Sept. 7. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, www.howardhouse.net. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 14.
OKOK Gallery Sweet little girls in slightly menacing situations populate the deft ink and watercolor drawings of Rhode Island artist Jen Corace. Reception: 6-10 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9. 5107 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-789-6242. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 11.
Patricia Cameron Dave McGranaghan's oil paintings capture local locales with a dreamy realism, while Sam Chapman works with mixed media and pastels in "Lost in the Woods." Reception: 5-8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 6. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, www.pcameronfineart.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Both end Oct. 14.
BLVD Gallery "No Wimps" features art by tattoo artists. 2312 Second Ave., www.blvdart.com. 1-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Sat., 1-7 p.m. Fri. Ends Sept. 8.
Columbia City Five artists interpret the human figure in "Human Animal." Also: Carletta Carrington Wilson's mixed-media collages in "Constellation of Shadows & Leaves." 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843, www.columbiacitygallery.com. Noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 10.
Crawl Space Anne Mathern focuses on "greatness" in her sound, video, and photo installation, "Trial & the Tribunal." 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-322-5752, www.crawlspacegallery.com. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sept. 10.
Frye Art Museum Local artist Robert Yoder has created an abstract seascape rug out of hand-tufted wool in "Sluice Gate," and in "Ginnungagap," Sigrid Sandström explores the land between ice and fire in Norse mythology in dramatic abstract paintings and video. Both end Sept. 10. Also: The secret trove of idiosyncratic pencil and watercolor pictures and manuscripts by the self-taught recluse Henry Darger (1892-1973) were only discovered upon his death. They illuminate an imaginary world at war whose heroes are young girls. The Frye presents samples from the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Also: "Klompen" is the latest kinetic sculptural installation from sound artist Trimpin featuring nearly 100 wooden clogs hanging from the ceiling connected to a computer. Oh, why not? 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Darger ends Oct. 29. "Klompen" ends Jan. 21, 2007.
Gallery63Eleven The fluid and colorful oil paintings of Ameen Dhillon. 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, www.gallery63eleven.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 7.
Kirkland Arts Center "On the Edge" presents nicely unconventional painting and ceramics by KAC faculty Cable Griffith, Jason Huff, Lauren Laughlin, and Michael Ottersen, curated by Victor Sandblom. A highlight is Huff's sanguine four-foot ceramic self-portrait in cat suit surrounded by kitties in Portrait of the Artist with Louies. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., Kirkland, 425-822-7161, www.kirklandartscenter.org. 11 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. second Thursdays. Ends Sept. 9.
Roq la Rue "Undertow 2" presents work driven by fear and fantasy, curated by Alix Sloan. 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, www.roqlarue.com. 1-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Sat., 1-7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 8.
Art Institute of Seattle Classroom work in a variety of media, from fashion to animation, is showcased in the "Annual Student Show." 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900, www.ais.edu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Art & Soul Bright Impressionistic acrylic paintings by Amy Pleasant. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Oct. 6.
ArtsWest "Combined Elements" presents work by Karen Graber, Angela Wales Rockett, and Janet Wold. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963, www.artswest.org. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 23.
Baas Kenyan native Rashidi Alibhai's vibrant mixed-media paintings combine acrylic and ink and capture East African life. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
CoCA Various media are in play in "Robert Kantor: The Hope Series." 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980, www.cocaseattle.org. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Oct. 8.
Experience Music Project "DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein" pairs in unexpected ways 28 modern and classic paintings from Paul Allen's private collection, many not seen by the public in over 50 years. Some sample matches: Van Gogh and Ernst, Monet and DeKooning, Signac and Rothko. Curated by art historian and Impressionism expert Paul Hayes Tucker. EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Seattle Center), 206-770-2702, www.doubletakeexhibit.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$8. Ends October.
Joe Bar In "Coin Toss: A Study of Birds and Bees," local artists Allison Agostinelli and Natalie Oswald collaborate in a mixed-media show about nature. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407, www.joebar.org. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sept. 30.
Lawrimore Project For its second show, "This Is Gallery," the stylish new art space along the city's industrial south corridor presents a sampler from its edgy collection of artists, including Tivon Rice, Sami Ben Larbi, Lead Pencil Studio, Chris Jordan, SuttonBeresCuller, and Cris Bruch. Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S., 206-501-1231, www.lawrimoreproject.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
Phinney Neighborhood Gallery Acrylic paintings by Crista Matteson in "My Utopia." 6532 Phinney Ave. N, 206-783-2244, www.phinneycenter.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Sept. 29.
Photographic Center Northwest In "The Glass Between Us," Rebecca Norris Webb photographs animals and people reflected in the glass of urban settings like zoos. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222, www.pcnw.org. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon., 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 29.
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Lummi Island bronze sculptor Ann Morris explores the eerie elegance of nature in "Bone Journey." 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, 360-457-3532, www.pafac.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Oct. 29.
20Twenty Paintings and drawings by Willow Robin and August Heffner.explore personal issues in "I Don't Shut Up, I Grow Up." 5208 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-706-0969, www.twentytwentyballard.com. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. Ends Oct. 10.
Two Bells Bar & Grill "Collagraphs" by Tom Lundholm. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends Oct. 4.
Vetri Nancy Klimley's "New Work" includes decorative kiln-cast glass skirts and other vessels using the "lost wax" process. 1404 First Ave., 206-667-9608, www.vetriglass.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 24.
Wall Space Blurred motion abstractions by New York-based photographer Carolina Kroon in "Eastern Time." 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.
West Edge Sculpture Invitational You may have noticed sculptures sprouting up along the waterfront. This is the third annual effort by a coalition of sculptors and art-lovers to bring the work of 29 artists (some big names like Ann Morris, Phillip Levine, and Gerard Tsutakawa) to the pedestrians around the Harbor Steps and Benaroya Hall for the next two months. 206-334-5040, www.westedgesculpture.com. Through Oct. 29.
Western Bridge Closed for installation until Sept. 16. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, www.westernbridge.org. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Winston Wächter Minimalist mixed-media abstractions on wood panel by Colorado artist Kris Cox. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 3.
Wright Exhibition Space Poetry is presented as visual art in this exhibit of work by "five contemporary visual poets" (is there such a thing as a "nonvisual poet"?): Joshua Beckman, Jen Bervin, Mary Ruefle, Robert Seydel, and Nico Vassilakis. Organized by Wave Books. 407 Dexter Ave. N. 206-264-8200, www.wavepoetry.com, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Ends Nov. 15.
Bellevue Arts Museum Asian textiles inform the work of two American artists in "Wrapped in Color: Kimonos by Tim Harding, Jackets by Jon Eric Riis." Also: Work from 14 studios in "Studio Glass: Decorative and Functional Objects." Also: Garry Knox Bennett has created 52 wry and funky chairs in "Call Me Chairmaker." 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.), 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. Sun. "Wrapped" ends Sept. 24. "Studio Glass" ends Oct. 1. "Chairmaker" ends Nov. 26.
Henry Art Gallery "Current: River Photography from the Monsen Collection" features the work of four photographers. Also: In "Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004," the Asian-American artist makes both striking and subtle observations about racial identification and the suppleness of memory in his misleadingly simple monochromatic panels. Highlights include the 275-paneled Synecdoche which got Kim noticed at the 1993 Whitney Biennial, and Emmett at Twelve Months, an abstract yet sweet depiction of his young son in 25 colored squares. Also: "day ring, night ring" are sound artist Steve Roden's two new installations that respond to the museum's permanent wonder room, Skyspace by James Turrell. Also: Akio Takamori's "The Laughing Monks" combines the UW art professor's own ceramic work with pieces from the Henry's collection. 15th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Current" and "Threshold" end Sept. 17. "ring" ends Oct. 15. "Monks" ends Oct. 22.
Museum of Glass "Kickin' It with Joyce J. Scott" is a 30-year retrospective of the multifaceted artist's lively work in sculpture, textiles, and performance. Also: "Fresh! Contemporary Takes on Nature and Allegory" juxtaposes contemporary glass art with other media. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, www.museumofglass.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. every third Thurs.), noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Kickin' It" ends Oct. 22. "Fresh!" ends Dec. 31.
Museum of History & Industry "Picturing the Century" features 100 years of photos of both historical and cultural fascination from the National Archives in D.C. 2700 24th Ave. E, 206-324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $5-$7. Ends Dec. 17.
Nordic Heritage Museum In the vast black-and-white canvases of "The Promise of Happiness," young British painter Michel Thompson effectively captures the dramatic loneliness and quiet unseen forces of the remote areas of Scandinavia, Alaska, and Iceland, where weather ravages the terrain and ignites the psyche. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org. $4-$6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 8.
Seattle Art Museum Closed for expansion until spring 2007; the waterfront sculpture park opens fall 2006. See Web site for details. 100 University St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Seattle Asian Art Museum German-born sound artist and sculptor Trimpin unveils his latest work, "Picnics, Rhythms and Vacations," hundreds of random slides found at flea markets projected on the gallery walls accompanied by a percussive composition. Also: In "Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime," nearly 100 works represent the influence of Buddhism on Asian art and culture. The wonderful array of antique snuff bottles is a highlight. Also: Tooba, a powerful, haunting allegorical video by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat about a woman who merges with a tree. Also: "A Northwest Summer: Six Exhibitions—One Celebration" includes studio glass art from the Jon and Mary Shirley collection; art deco sculpture from SAM's early days; and "Night Sounds," 14 significant interconnected works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. "Picnics," "Tooba," "Northwest" and "Night" end Oct. 15, "Buddha" is ongoing.
Tacoma Art Museum "The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas" offers Daumier's wry caricatures, Ingres' delicate pencil portraits, and Degas' pastel dancers, among other 19th-century French drawings and watercolors from the vast collections of the Baltimore and Walters art museums. This is the only West Coast stop. Also: "Between Clouds of Memory: The Ceramic Art of Akio Takamori." 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org., www.tacomaartmuseum.org. $6.50-$7.50. Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Essence" ends Sept. 17; "Between Clouds" ends Oct. 8.
Wing Luke Work by 86-year-old Japanese-American artist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani. Also: "These Walls Can Speak: Untold Stories From Three Historic Buildings" celebrates the Kong Yick Buildings, Higo, and the Eastern Hotel through history, testimony, and artifacts. 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124, www.wingluke.org. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Mirikitani ends Sept. 17. "Walls" ends Dec. 10.